Newsletter

Positive Aging Coalition’s

Fall 2014 Newsletter

 2014 Focus!  This past year the Positive Aging Coalition has been exploring ways for Boomers to become involved in our community.   Want to become a “New Volunteer”?  Learn about how the GrandInvolve Initiative introduced through the County’s 50+ Committees is using a self directed team to design an interesting new project!   Also included find information about several fulfilling and interesting programs being offered in our community by our partners.

Moving Forward with the Positive Aging Coalition

 An Invitation to Join – the Positive Aging Coalition Action Team

We’re inviting you to become a member of the Positive Aging Coalition Action Team and work with a group of like minded individuals who want to be more involved in their local communities.   It’s about being involved – not necessarily volunteering.  Instead of participating in the volunteer efforts individually, we will work together as a team on predetermined projects.  As a member of the PAC Action Team, we won’t necessarily BECOME the volunteers (although some of us will become so invested in our ideas that this may happen). As a Coalition, our mission is to facilitate connections that lead to community service, lifelong learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

There are several such opportunities already on our schedule.  We’re looking for individuals to work with the Positive Aging Coalition and our other partners in these community opportunities.  You may participate in a number of projects or become part of the design team for future endeavors of the Positive Aging Coalition.

Join a Positive Aging Coalition Action Team.  We guarantee that this will be a learning experience unlike any you’ve been involved with before and the group will form a fun, interesting team as you work together to design the framework for programs/projects.  Remember – the team is not necessarily being created so that you will become the volunteers.  Instead – you are being asked to contribute your wisdom, skills, knowledge and experience to design and market programs and projects.  There are many opportunities for self-directed teams within the County’s 50+ Plan and our coalition is looking for people to serve on several Action Teams.

The first action team (GrandInvolve) has been extremely successful in working cooperatively with everyone on the team accepting major responsibilities.  Everyone is supportive and excited to be planning a volunteer project which utilizes concepts of the “New” volunteer.

We invite you to join a Positive Aging Coalition Action Team for a unique and fulfilling experience.  Use your abilities to help our community!

We want YOU to join us!   Contact us at PositiveAgingCoalition@gmail.com and use the subject line “Count Me In!”

 Update on Fairfax County’s 50+ Plan

 Demographers in the County project a dramatic increase in its older population. Between 2005 and 2030, the county expects the 50 and over population to increase by 40 percent and the 70 and over age group by 88 percent.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, recently re-created their original 50+ Plan, designing a more livable community for our older residents.

The Board of Supervisors invited seniors from across the County to attend 15 public forums in the summer of 2013.  Over 800 people from the community freely voiced their concerns and desires and the Board listened.  In the Fall of 2013, the Board formed several committees to address issues which the public had identified such as Safe and Healthy Communities, Housing, Transportation, Community engagement, Services for Older Adults and Family Caregivers and Long Range Planning and Trends Analysis.  Each of the committees formed subcommittees to address specific issues which had been identified during the forums and then each subcommittee wrote a proposal to the Board of Supervisors, detailing a plan which might be implemented in the community.   On September 23, 2014, the Fairfax County 50+ Community Action Plan was adopted by the County Board of Supervisors along with 31 initiatives which were brought forward by the committees.

The Positive Aging Coalition is partnering with other organizations in two of the new initiatives in programs designed by the Diversity sub-committee.  The GrandInvolve proposal addresses both Intergenerational and Intercultural issues and Kaleidoscope 50+ is an intercultural program.

To find more information on the 50+ Plan and to read about each of the 31 initiatives, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/fairfax50plus.htm

GrandInvolve

GrandInvolve seeks to increase the number of older adult volunteers in our local elementary schools, and is piloting at Crestwood Elementary in Springfield, a Title 1 school which serves students of many different nationalities.  In the past, Crestwood Elementary has struggled to attract volunteers who visit during school hours.   The GrandInvolve Action Team hopes to place many new volunteers.  Especially interesting for educators and those who love children, the team has designed a volunteer program for the school which requires little effort on the part of teachers and administrators and encourages Grandparents and other Boomer members of the community to take an active role in their local school as mentors, readers, math helpers and classroom assistants.  The GrandInvolve program is hoping to recruit from the grandparent and “boomer” population but all ages are welcome!

The Positive Aging Coalition designed The GrandInvolve Program as a new way to volunteer in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Using user friendly software, it streamlines volunteer classroom preparations on the part of the teacher, allows for as much or as little time as the volunteer wants to commit, permits volunteer hours to vary from week to week, and requires no extensive training on the part of the volunteer.  It’s easy to volunteer as many or as few hours as you wish and during the times that you personally are available during the school day.

If you decide to join GrandInvolve, we’ll invite you to a volunteer orientation (Thursday 11/20) and assist you with your background check.

*** If you cannot volunteer at Crestwood Elementary, consider enrolling in the Giant A+ Bonus Bucks program which earns cash for the school you have chosen to support  (at no cost to you).  Log onto www.giantfood.com/aplus  and then use Crestwood School’s ID # 02068.

For more information or to register for the orientation, write to Sara Crummett at SLCrummett1@fcps.edu and use the subject line GrandInvolve or call the school at 703-923-5400 and explain that you are interested in the GrandInvolve program.

***  Read the testimonial below to see how fulfilling it is to volunteer in our elementary schools.

 

The Impact of Volunteering – On Others – On Yourself

 Why design a school volunteer project which encourages Grandparents and Boomers to work with children in our elementary schools?  Since I am the person who envisioned seeing more Grandparents and Boomers in our schools, I decided to answer it myself!

The First GrandInvolve Volunteer

I volunteer a few times each month at the elementary school which both my grandsons attend.  When I walk through the halls after signing in at the office, children wave and say hello – knowing my name.  Are you coming to my class today?  I walk into the classroom, and all the little heads turn to see me and smile!  My own grandson wiggles, jumps and laughs.  The teacher has a game or other fun activity all ready for me to take outside into the hallway.  One of the children calls out the names of the children who will be part of my fun group and they hurry to line up.  There’s always an argument about who gets to hold the game so I usually have two of them carry the small box, then another helps me sort out the pieces and the last 2 get to carry the game back to the classroom.  It’s quite amusing to see four little hands on a 12 inch box which weighs about 1 pound.  I must remind them to be quiet as we’re in the hallway and then the game begins!  The children usually know the game rules but occasionally I must read the instructions to ensure that they are not making up the rules to purposely lengthen the game.  They are fascinated by my age.  They always leave the one large chair for me since (as one little girl told me) “We know that you are very OLD!  After I get them settled down and answer some of their many personal questions, we spend fifteen minutes on the fun game.  Then this group of children returns to the classroom and the next group of 5 comes out with me to play a different fun game – geared to their particular skill level.   Math and Reading Groups last only about 45 minutes and I travel 15 miles to get there, so I usually arrange to go to the other grandchild’s class and spend another 45 minutes.  I do this twice a month on my own schedule.  If I’m traveling, I arrange around my travel dates.  If a have a particularly busy week, I do not volunteer during that week.  This process is easy on the teacher as she has the games all set up and must simply put a sticky note with the children’s names of each group that gets to play with me on that day.  It’s easy for me since I simply log into Sign Up Genius to choose my volunteer hours with each teacher.

What’s the impact on me?  I feel satisfaction that I’ve touched several small children in a small but significant manner.  Those who don’t have grandparents nearby have a better understanding and appreciation of older people.  Perhaps most importantly – Children see that adults value education.  Students learn in different ways.  Some are visual or auditory or sensory learners.  By introducing their subjects in different learning methods, the teacher can reach more students.  Most important for the children – they have fun while learning core concepts.   Additionally, the younger ones learn about taking turns, sitting in their seats and good sportsmanship.  So many valuable lessons in less than an hour!

You can experience this fun, easy and interesting volunteer project by joining the GrandInvolve volunteers!                                                                                             Dorothy Keenan

 

Spotlight on Our Community                       

News from Positive Aging Coalition’s Partners

RSVP-Northern Virginia: Your Invitation to Serve

Calling all volunteers! You are invited to join RSVP-Northern Virginia’s growing 55+ volunteer community. As a program of the local volunteer centers, RSVP engages individuals ages 55 and older in meaningful volunteer service. After attending a one-time orientation, RSVP volunteers are individually matched with more than 30 non-profits and public agencies that make a positive impact in areas such as emergency preparedness, aging-in-place, and support for veterans and military families. The program also offers one-time group service projects, leadership opportunities, transportation reimbursement, and supplemental insurance while serving. To learn more about RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, please visit www.rsvpnova.org.

SAVE THE DATE: RSVP-Northern Virginia invites individuals ages 55+ to attend a FREE Volunteer Meet & Greet on December 4, 2014. Join us from 1-4 PM at the Angelika Theater in Merrifield’s Mosaic District to celebrate the impact of RSVP in our community! Enjoy food, refreshments, and raffle prizes while learning more about how to get involved. To register for this event, please visit www.rsvpnova.org or contact Courtney: ckurzweil@volunteerfairfax.org.

ALPA – Advocacy Leadership for Positive Aging

One of the Coalition’s partners is the Chesapeake Life Planning Network (CLPN).   The National LPN recently delivered a pilot program to managers of low income housing sites in the DC Metropolitan area.  The ALPA Goal is to empower low and moderate income seniors to advocate for themselves and increase their self management of ongoing challenges.  The ALPA strategy is to prepare service providers with the understanding and tools to act as advocacy leaders for positive aging, enhancing their professional experiences with skills that will benefit them, their work, and their clients.  The program is designed as a six-session action-learning program for agencies/organizations to offer to their employees. The Life Planning Network’s ALPA team prepared an on-line curriculum on a Google+ website.  The ALPA pilot course was offered to a variety of organizations and businesses which serve seniors in our area and Quantum Management offered to host the course locally.  Thirteen Quantum employees participated as well as representatives from Wesley Housing and Fairfax County Housing and each employee developed an individualized fieldwork plan which increased the self advocacy of residents at nine different senior housing sites.  LPN hopes to offer the ALPA course in additional locations.  ALPA’s mantra is “Nothing About Me Without Me!”  If you would like more information about ALPA see the LPN’s website at www.alpa.lifeplanningnetwork.org   or reply to this e-mail with the subject line “ALPA Information”.

Kaleidoscope 50+

The Positive Aging Coalition is also involved in a second 50+ initiative called Kaleidoscope 50+, which seeks to bring together people of different cultures to further cultural understanding while celebrating the diversity of our community.  Currently, Fairfax County staff is working with the Sikh Gurdwara in Fairfax to bring awareness of county services available to older adults and the community.  In the future, the program will expand to include additional multicultural groups.  If you have experience

working with various cultures and can help design and market this diversity program, contact Dorothy Keenan at PositiveAgingCoalition@gmail.com  to establish a dialogue about how you might be involved in any project.  Use the subject line Count Me In!

Lifetime Leadership Program

Use Your Lifetime of Accumulated Skills, Knowledge and Leadership Experiences!

Discover how to direct those skills into actions!

Become a Change maker – Make a real difference in your community!

Leadership Fairfax has developed an exciting new Leadership program which follows closely the format developed for their well known LFI program.  Targeting boomers and others who are ready to transition into their “Bonus Years”, the Lifetime Leadership Program, (LLP) guides you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful roles of engagement in your community.

The second class of LLP graduated this past spring.  Their positive team experience within LFI has led them to a decision to remain as a cohesive group in a self directed volunteer experience.  Their first project will be to establish a Board of Directors for the new RSVP program out of Volunteer Fairfax.

Topics for the six class days include Self-discovery and leadership awareness, encore careers, the Experience Dividend, resources for life-long learning, Fairfax County Government and their Boards, Agencies, and Commissions, engagement in community through a service component, community volunteer needs and community resources.   The Spring 2015 course begins on March 11th, with additional days set for March 25th, April 8th, April 22nd and May 6, 2015.  Participants are asked to attend a community service engagement on April 18, 2015.

The deadline to apply is February 11, 2015. If you want to register or learn more, please contact  Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org  or visit the following website to find more information and a link to register.  http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

 

Burke Centre Library

Grandparents & Me Storytime 

We’re taking the show on the road! Grandparents and grandchildren are invited for a special program at the David R. Pinn Community Center on 10225 Zion Dr, Fairfax, VA 22032 for stories, songs, and play.

Age 3-5 with grandparent(s).
Please join the Pinn Center seniors from 10:30 am – 11:15 am on November 13th and Dec 11th 2014 and sign up at this address:

http://va.evanced.info/fairfaxcounty/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=284086&ret=eventcalendar.asp
 

 

If you want to be deleted from this newsletter or if you would like more information on the Coalition, please write to Dorothy Keenan at   PositiveAgingCoalition@gmail.com and put Newsletter in the subject line.

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Positive Aging Coalition’s

Winter 2014 Newsletter

 2014 Focus!

This year the Positive Aging Coalition will be exploring ways for Boomers to become involved in our community.   Included in this newsletter are several programs which will be exploring or utilizing the “New” volunteer!

We want YOU to join us!

 Moving Forward with the Positive Aging Coalition

An Invitation to Join – the Positive Aging Coalition Action Team

We’re inviting you to become a member of the Positive Aging Coalition Action Team and work with a group of like minded individuals who want to be more involved in their local communities.   It’s about Being Involved – not necessarily volunteering.  Instead of participating in the volunteer efforts individually, we will work together as a team on predetermined projects.   We’re partnering with RSVP in this venture.  As a member of the PAC Action Team, we won’t necessarily BECOME the volunteers (although some of us will become so invested in our ideas that this may happen). As a Coalition, our mission is to facilitate connections that lead to community service, lifelong learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

There are three such opportunities already on our schedule.  We’re looking for individuals to work with the Positive Aging Coalition, RSVP and our other partners in these community opportunities.  You may participate in any one of the three projects or become part of the design team for future endeavors of the Positive Aging Coalition.

Ventures Into Volunteering

The PAC, together with our partner RSVP, will introduce a new aspect of the Ventures into Volunteering Fair occurring in late March.  (OK this time We ARE asking for your volunteer time) – On March 27th from 10 – 12.  Should you decide to join the PAC Ventures Team; before the event, we’ll offer you a class about “New” volunteering in a train the trainer format and then you’ll be educating others at the “Ventures into Volunteering” Fair.  Through the Train the Trainer class, you’ll be gaining important skills and knowledge about your own motives and interests, “higher” level volunteering, national programs, midtermships, self directed teams and how to promote your particular skill set.  You will learn HOW Boomers and people in the younger generations want to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to make a significant contribution to society.  Then you will be asked to “Pay it Forward” at the Ventures event, helping to educate those who attend the Ventures Into Volunteering Fair.

GrandInvolve

PAC is committed to a project called “GrandInvolve” this Fall which seeks to increase the number of volunteers in our local elementary schools, piloting at Crestwood Elementary in Springfield.   In this project, we’ve chosen a Title 1 school which struggles to attract and maintain volunteers.   Especially interesting for educators and those who love children, the team will design a volunteer program for the school which requires little effort on the part of teachers and administrators and encourages Grandparents and other Boomer members of the community to take an active role in their local school as mentors, readers, teacher helpers and subject experts.  Again – you may not be interested in volunteering in this Springfield area school but this is definitely an opportunity for you to work with a team of like minded individuals, designing, developing, recruiting, marketing and implementing an exciting new program with the potential for replication throughout the region.  If you decide to participate, you’ll be part of a groundbreaking self directed team which will encourage important relationships between generations and cultures.

Kaleidoscope 50+

We’re partnering with Fairfax County’s Volunteer Solutions and their Multicultural and Community Planner in our third program called Kaleidescope 50+, which begins late this spring in several Fairfax County locations, and seeks to bring together people of different cultures to further cultural understanding while celebrating the diversity of our community.  Initially targeting Middle Eastern and Hispanic cultures, this program will focus on educating people of diverse cultures how to access and utilize services within our community.  Through discussion and exercises, members of the community will gain knowledge and understanding of the various cultures involved.  We’re looking for people with experience working with various cultures who can help us design and market this diversity program.

Join the PAC Action Team.  We guarantee that this will be a learning experience unlike any you’ve been involved with before and the group will form a fun, interesting team as you work together to design the framework for each of these programs/projects.  Remember – the team is not necessarily being created so that you will become the volunteers.  Instead – you are being asked to contribute your wisdom, skills, knowledge and experience to design and market the programs/projects.

Please contact Dorothy Keenan – PositiveAgingCoalition@gmail.com  to establish a dialogue about how you might be involved.  Use the subject line Count Me In!

 

The Impact of Volunteering – On Others – On Yourself

What makes a career volunteer?  We interviewed Carmen Huffman to find out.  Carmen retired 15 years ago and began a new career as a community volunteer.  Involved with many organizations, she currently volunteers at least 3 days a week, mainly working with South County Family Services through Volunteer Solutions, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care and various projects with RSVP.  Over the years, Carmen has worked with Inova VNA’s Home Health, Hogar Immigrant Services, Volunteer Solutions and Girl Scouts – to name just a few of the groups who benefitted from her volunteering.  Usually, Carmen helps out as an office assistant, creating data bases, computer work, phone calls but her real fun begins when she works with people, organizing homes, gardening, providing rides for shopping, lunch dates and doctors appointments and delivering Meals on Wheels.  Carmen says that she likes to be with people and has formed some lifelong friendships through the connections she’s made in the community.

Carmen would like people to know that she’s “overwhelmed by the needs in this County, considering the number of people who need help and the wealth of the community.”

Spotlight on Our Community

Featured Partner – RSVP-Northern Virginia 

RSVP-Northern Virginia is a regional initiative, led by the local volunteer centers, to engage individuals ages 55 and older in meaningful volunteer service to meet critical community needs. RSVP is a program of Senior Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that supports service and volunteer programs to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement. Locally, RSVP volunteers are matched with more than 30 non-profits and public agencies that make a positive impact in areas such as emergency preparedness, workforce development, and support for veterans and military families. In addition to rewarding volunteer experiences, RSVP-Northern Virginia offers individuals ongoing social events, leadership opportunities, transportation reimbursement, and supplemental insurance while serving. To learn more about RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, please visit their website:  www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/rsvp.php

Update on Fairfax County’s 50+ Plan

Last summer Fairfax County hosted community forums at 14 different locations throughout the County with over 750 people in attendance.  Many of you took this opportunity to share your ideas on what we need to do as a community to ensure that Fairfax County continues to be a livable, lifelong community for its growing older population.   Demographers in the County project a dramatic increase in its older population. Between 2005 and 2030, the county expects the 50 and over population to increase by 40 percent and the 70 and over age group by 88 percent.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, is re-evaluating the 50+ Plan, designing a more livable community for our older residents.

This past fall, Supervisor Herrity (Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ 50+ Committee), recently established a Steering Committee and several working committees which are focusing on several topic areas:  Housing, Transportation, Community Engagement, Senior Services and Safe & Healthy Community.   Over the fall and winter, these committees have been meeting to make recommendations on action steps what will be included in the new 50+ plan.    Follow our newsletters for the latest information on the 50+ plan.

 

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

Use Your Lifetime of Accumulated Skills, Knowledge and Leadership Experiences!

Discover how to direct those skills into actions!

Become a Change maker – Make a real difference in your community!

 

Leadership Fairfax has developed an exciting new Leadership program which follows closely the format developed for their well known LFI program.  Targeting boomers and others who are ready to transition into their “Bonus Years”, the Lifetime Leadership Program, (LLP) guides you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful roles of engagement in your community.

The second class of LLP graduated this past spring.  Their positive team experience within LFI has led them to a decision to remain as a cohesive group in a self directed volunteer experience.  Their first project will be to establish a Board of Directors for the new RSVP program out of Volunteer Fairfax.

Topics for the six class days include Self-discovery and leadership awareness, encore careers, the Experience Dividend, resources for life-long learning, Fairfax County Government and their Boards, Agencies, and Commissions, engagement in community through a service component, community volunteer needs and community resources. The Fall course begins on Wed, September 24th with additional days set for Oct 1, Oct 15, Oct 29 and Nov 12th, 2014 with a community service project on Oct 25th and a welcome reception on Tuesday Sept 23rd.   If you want to register or learn more, please contact Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org  or visit the following website to find more information and a link to register. http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

                                                       Testimonial from Maria Vorel, LLP ‘13

I left federal service having run national programs, worked with local governments and politicians from across the country and with an extensive network in every State.   Now at a point in my life where an encore career in an unrelated field is my goal, the Lifetime Leadership Program has been a wonderful opportunity for me to focus on the transition.  Their program exposes participants to the people of Fairfax County, in the nonprofit, business and County government sectors.  It has been a fun way to begin to build a local network and understand some of the forces at work in our community.   The curriculum encourages participants to reevaluate, refocus and rethink the next chapter of life in an affirming environment.  Participating in the LLP is a great gift to yourself!

 

 

Venture Into Volunteering

Boomers, retirees and other adults looking for volunteer opportunities are invited to “Venture into Volunteering” a free volunteer fair Thursday March 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon at Frying Pan Park Visitor Center, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon.   Numerous organization and agency representatives will be on hand to talk about their volunteer opportunities.  This year, members of the Positive Aging Coalition will be on hand in a separate room to help you identify your knitch  – Explore Your Motives, Realize Your Value and Find Your Dream Volunteer Role.   Here you’ll find information about  “higher” level volunteering, national programs, midtermships, self directed teams and how to promote your particular skill set.

Since 2007, Venture into Volunteering has enabled over 100 non-profit organizations to offer and connect volunteer opportunities to more than 1,000 older adults in Fairfax County.  Come experience this unique opportunity to learn about many organizations that are looking for YOUR talents – YOUR experience – YOUR energy and YOUR wisdom.

Location: Frying Pan Park Visitor Center: 2739 West Ox Road • Herndon, Virginia 20171

Date: March 27, 2014

Time: 10 am-noon

Partners: Fairfax County’s Department of Family Service’s Volunteer Solutions, AARP, Fairfax County Park Authority, Positive Aging Coalition and RSVP Northern Virginia: sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax in partnership with Volunteer Alexandria and Volunteer Arlington.

Reston Community Wins – 2014 Best Intergenerational Community Award

Reston received a 2014 Best Intergenerational Community Award from Generations United and the Metlife Foundation.  The announcement was made this week and Reston, as well as other winning communities, will be formally recognized at a ceremony later this year.

An “intergenerational community” consists of individuals of all ages who are an integral part of the community, as reflected in the families, structures, facilities and services that children, youth and older adults encounter in the community as well as in day-to-day interactions and relationships.  Partnerships between local government, older adult-living facilities, schools, after-school programs, businesses, local cultural and community organizations and services, families, older adults, youth and children are essential to be considered intergenerational,” according to Generations United.

Reston’s application was jointly submitted by Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Supervisor, Catherine M. Hudgins, and others.

Award winners will be honored at an event to be held in March (date pending) in Washington D.C.  The event will include a breakfast or lunch with representatives of all the winning communities, as well as a potential for visits with members of Congress and a tour of the U.S. Capital.

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s Wish List for 2012:

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  – Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking, WordPress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

 

You may forward information to Dorothykeenan    PositiveAgingCoalition@gmail.com.   Please put Newsletter in the subject line.

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Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – Summer 2013

Welcome to the summer edition of the Positive Aging Coalition’s newsletter.  Our organization supports people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

In this newsletter you’ll find a few informational articles written by community members and you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are involved in within the Northern Virginia community.  We’ve also included information on projects and programs currently being offered by our partners.

 

Charting the Course to Your Retirement

A Retirement Class Offered Through George Mason University

 

Are You: 

  • Within several  years of retirement? 
  • Considering NOT retiring? 
  • Ready for your Next Chapter? 
  • Over 50 and considering your options? 

 

In “Charting the Course to Your Retirement”, participants discuss topics such as the influence of changing roles within their relationships, the possibilities of career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.   You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.   As part of a pilot project for potential research, GMU is offering this 8 hour class at a reduced rate of $40.00 per person.

 

Wednesday     June 26, 2013              10:00am – 6:00pm                  Burke Center Library,  5935 Freds Oak Rd,  Burke, Va. 22015

*** Please Note   This non-credited course is not a financial management class but instead focuses on the non-financial aspects of Next Chapter planning and transitioning.

For More Information and to register –  http://psychology.gmu.edu/events

 

Creating a More Older Adult-Friendly Community:

Let Your Voice be Heard!  A Call to Action!

Fairfax County projects a dramatic increase in its older population. Between 2005 and 2030, the county expects the 50 and over population to increase by 40 percent and the 70 and over age group by 88 percent.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, together with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, is working to continue progress toward creating a more livable community for its older residents.

This summer, they are hosting community forums throughout the county to hear what residents have to say. Focus areas include housing and transportation; easy access to services and; healthy lifestyles & community engagement.

This is your chance to share your ideas on what we need to do together to ensure the county continues to be a livable, lifelong community for its growing older population.   Once the community forums are completed, a new Fairfax 50+ Action Plan will be developed.

Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults to link to the registration page and find additional forums as they are scheduled. You can also register by calling 703-324-5411, TTY 711. If you cannot attend a forum and would like to comment, call or email  at DFSCommunity@fairfaxcounty.gov

Currently scheduled forums:

Monday, June 3                       10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.        Chantilly Library

Wednesday, June 5               5-7 p.m.                                      West Springfield Governmental Center

Wednesday, June 19             7-9 p.m.                                      South County Center
Monday, June 24                   10 a.m.-12:00 noon                  Luther Jackson Middle School

Wednesday, June 26             4-6 p.m.                                      McLean Community Center

Wednesday, July 10               4-6 p.m.                                      Herndon Senior Center
Thursday, July 11                   9-11 a.m.                                      Ravensworth Baptist Church
Friday, July 19th                      9:30 – 11:30                            Greenspring

The Impact of Volunteering – On Others – On Yourself

Article submitted by Mary White – Volunteer with the Volunteer Respite Program

Life is about connections – to share a moment – when laughter is added it is a precious moment. My client, whom I have visited for over two years, adds to my life in so many ways. We greet each other with warm smiles and a sparkle in our eyes. Although my name is never said, I feel that I am remembered – something about me is familiar. I am honored that I can bring friendship to our relationship.  In the midst of repeated stories, there is time for learning. My client (whom I call my friend) is teaching me some greetings in her native language and we share our love of playing cards. There is playfulness and humor in her personality and when it is sparked, we laugh. And we sometimes sing and that may bring on a memory. Pure sweetness – that’s what it is.

My visits give me an awareness of what life is all about. When I see pure “self-giving” from the caretaker, I am witnessing what life is all about. Caring for another, honoring life’s promise, knowing what is important in life, that is what I see in the beloved spouse.  I treasure the moment when the caretaker arrives home and hears us laughing. That compounds the time together. To give a moment of peace and trust to the caregiver, to give someone a moment of relaxed freedom for just a short time – wow – that is huge – and at the same time – so very little.

“What do you think of me?” my client will sometimes ask.  “I love your spirit, your beautiful blue eyes, your deep appreciation of what is done for you, the way you love your husband, your childhood memories, and your terrific sense of humor – you always make me laugh.” And then there is a big shy smile.

And as always, each visit leaves me with profound gratefulness for my own freedom to come and go. Upon leaving, I always feel it is a “Thank you God” time.

 

Article Submitted by Janet Clement – Volunteer with the Volunteer Respite Program

Having been a caregiver for my mother for a number of years, I know that it can be rewarding, but also overwhelming. Because caregiving requires being responsible for the welfare of a loved one 24/7 with neither let-ups nor breaks, it is, to my mind, the most difficult job there is.  So when I first heard about the Volunteer Respite Program, I knew immediately that it was something that I wanted to do.  At this point, I have been offering respite care to two different clients for almost two years and I will be doing the same for a third family soon.  This opportunity to give back to our community gives me a sense of wellbeing. It is very gratifying and I am pleased to be a part of this program.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

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The Volunteer Respite Program provides special volunteers who are willing to give a family caregiver giving a short break allowing the caregiver to do something for him/herself – a dentist appointment, go to a school function, have coffee with a friend or just take a nap.  Volunteers are given training and are asked to commit to 6 hours a month for one year providing consistency necessary to develop trust and rapport with the family.  To volunteer with the Volunteer Respite Program, call Elderlink @ 703-324-7948 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/caregiver.htm

 

Article Submitted by Betsy Pugin – Volunteer with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and the Centreville Labor Resource Center

Follow your passion. Chances are, you have talents and passions that are in the back of your mind. Now, in retirement, it’s time to rediscover and use them. I have had a longtime interest in educating and sharing information; also in immigration, as the granddaughter of Eastern European immigrants. Now I am able to share these interests in retirement.  As a volunteer with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, I meet people from other countries who want to learn English – some I match with a tutor, and some I have tutored myself. In addition, as a volunteer with the Centreville Labor Resource Center, I tutor small groups who want to learn English, and do other volunteer work to promote the Center as a place where skilled laborers can come together and be hired.  These volunteer jobs are “appreciation opportunities” on all sides. I have the chance to follow my passions and the opportunity to meet wonderful people who, as adults, are motivated to make better lives for themselves and their families. They appreciate every opportunity they get to learn and grow.

For more information about volunteering opportunities with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, call 703-237-0866 or volunteers@lcnv.org. To volunteer at CLRC, call 703-543-6272 or centrevillelrc@gmail.com.

 

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

The Lifetime Leadership Program is for those who have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership, and would like to use their wealth of knowledge to make a difference in their lives and in the community.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership and now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. Through LLP, while connecting with peers in your class, you will set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful roles of engagement in your community.

Topics for the six class days include Self-discovery and leadership awareness, the Experience Dividend, encore careers,  resources for life-long learning, Fairfax County Government and Boards, Agencies, and Commissions, engagement in community through a service component and community volunteer needs and community resources.

The Lifetime Leadership program provided me with direct exposure to key contacts and broadened my knowledge of ways to think about and use my time and talents in the Fairfax County community.  Actively engaging with other retired leaders expanded my thinking and continues to enrich my decisions.  – Janice Sutera Wolfe, LLP ’12.

The Fall course begins on Wed, September 18th.  There will be an information session on Wednesday July 10 from 2 – 3 pm and Thursday, August 1 from 11 am to 12 noon at the LFI office  in Tysons.  If you are interested in finding out more or if you want to register, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org     or visit the following website to find more information and a link to register. http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

 

 

Fairfax County Programs for Older Adults

 Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) engages, connects and collaborates with individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, and communities to strategically plan and provide responsive services.  NCS also builds capacity to support community and neighborhood solutions, while providing services to youth, adults and the community and offering various ways for people to get involved.  Following is some information about Community Centers, Senior Centers and Center’s Without Walls.

 Community Centers offer something for every member of the family. From programs for adults, children, teens, and active seniors to after-school, mentoring, and sports programs.  In addition, community centers make rooms available for community meetings, classes, socials and weddings. Some of the centers have fitness centers. Community centers are lead by an advisory council comprised of representatives from the community who ensure that the services being provided are meeting the needs of the community.  Community Centers are located at; Bailey’s Community Center, in Falls Church,  Gum Springs Community Center, in Alexandria, Huntington Community Center, in Alexandria,  James Lee Community Center, in Falls Church,  Mott Community Center, in Fairfax,  David R. Pinn Community Center, in Fairfax,  Sacramento Neighborhood Center, in Alexandria,  Southgate Community Center, in Reston,  and Willston Multicultural Center, in Falls Church.

 Senior Centers for Active Adults offer opportunities to make friends, stay on the move, and learn new things. Fairfax County residents age 55 and over may join any of the 13 senior centers sponsored by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Senior centers offer classes, health and wellness programs, computer and Internet access, trips and tours, and opportunities to socialize with others and stay connected with your community. There is an annual membership fee  for attending the senior centers and lunch is available.   Transportation by Fastran bus may be available at a nominal charge from your home to the center nearest you.  Senior Centers are located at; Bailey’s Senior Center, in Falls Church,  South County Senior Center, in Alexandria, Herndon Senior Center, in Herndon, Hollin Hall Senior Center, in Alexandria, James Lee Senior Center, in Falls Church, Kingstowne Center for Active Adults, in Alexandria, Lewinsville Senior Center, in McLean, Lincolnia Senior Center, in Alexandria, Little River Glen Senior Center, in Fairfax, Lorton Senior Center, in Lorton, Pimmit Hills Senior Center, in Falls Church, Sully Senior Center, in Centreville,  Wakefield Senior Center in Annandale, City of Fairfax, in Fairfax, and in the City of Falls Church, in Falls Church.

 

Fairfax County Center Without Walls is an exciting public-private partnership among the residents of Burke, West Springfield, Fairfax Station, local businesses, places of worship and Fairfax County Government. It was created to provide a variety of programs, activities and services to older adults in this community. Building upon several successful pilot projects the Burke-West Springfield Center Without Walls continues to grow!  Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, Burke United Methodist Church and Durga Temple of Virginia were the first organizations to support the Center Without Walls.  To ensure the growth and community-led sustainability of the Center Without Walls, a network of community-based organizations, businesses and individuals committed to sharing and developing resources is being developed to provide programs, services, activities and opportunities for older adults in this community.

Here’s the County website for more information on any of these programs:          http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s Wish List for 2012:

 Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking,  Wordpress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

 

You may forward information to Dorothykeenan1@gmail.com.   Please put Newsletter in the subject line.

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Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – Winter 2013

Welcome to the Winter edition of the Positive Aging Coalition’s newsletter.  Our organization supports people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

In this newsletter you’ll find a few informational articles written by community members and you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are involved in within the Northern Virginia community.  We’ve also included information on projects and programs currently being offered by our partners.

 Strategies for Successful Aging

Article submitted by Eileen Wilkinson who works in the field of Health Care Marketing.

Volunteer

Volunteering increases your circle, shares your gifts, benefits you and the organization, increases your sense of purpose, and may help you develop a new hobby.

Have a Positive Attitude

Keep a “Gratitude Journal”.  If confronted by chronic illness and loss, look for the silver lining.  Appreciate what you DO have. Realize that gains in wisdom may come with losses in physical abilities.  Seek out those who have an enthusiastic attitude.

Nurture Relationships

Reach out if you haven’t heard from loved ones.  Reconnect with old friends.  Make new friends by engaging in new activities/clubs.  Build comfort alliances.  Forget the “should”.  Find a faith community.

Laugh Often

There’s a physiological benefit to laughing, helping endorphins which release /reduce pain.  Laughing tightens your stomach and relaxes tense muscles, and also improves breathing, digestion, blood flow and your immune system.

Have Regular Doctor Visits

Plan regularly scheduled doctor visits.  Include appointments to check your hearing and eyes.  As we age, changes to these vital organs occur but are correctable.

Ask for Help

Find someone to help you when you need it – trimming trees, attending to your finances, and selecting medical advice.

Mental Gymnastics

Keep your mind sharp!  Play word games or chess, and read to stay current.   Practice debating important issues.

Healthy aging is not an accident or chance event.  It’s a process rather than an outcome – a way of doing and being.  It can be governed by genes and circumstances but with thoughtful, careful planning you can commit to a positive lifestyle.  Be proactive, stay informed, be realistic and reframe your life to deliberately approach the adventure of the latter part of your  life through ongoing, day to day efforts to live as well as possible!

The Role of Shepherds Centers of America

 Article submitted by Barry R. Wickersham – Vice Chairman for Programs and Operations of Shepherd’s Center Fairfax-Burke.

Shepherd’s Center of America (SCA) is a network of interfaith community-based organizations that provide meaning and purpose for adults throughout their mature years.   The role and mission of SCA is to build and support this nationwide network of member organizations, and to ensure all Centers have a common mission to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities.  The Shepherd’s Center of America headquarters provides technical assistance to new and mature centers, assists in building a national network of member centers, and collaborates with other organizations to advocate for the interests of older adults.

Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke (SCFB) is one of 60+ Centers throughout the U.S.  It is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to providing life support and enrichment services for people over 50 years in our Virginia community.  Our efforts are focused on helping seniors to live independently with lives of purpose and dignity, and to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their community peers.  Programs offered include bi-monthly luncheons with entertainment and speakers, educational programs with expert speakers and small group activities, low impact exercise programs, free medical and shopping transportation, friendly caller and visitor, monthly visits to the movies, and dementia care giver support assistance.  Most centers offer similar programs, but some have other efforts such as home repair, legal and financial assistance, and specialized health and dietary guidance, etc.  SCFB can be contacted at www.scfbva.org, e mail at office@scfbva.org, or 703 426 2824.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed to assist in managing and presenting these programs.

Northern Virginia is fortunate to have three additional Centers, each of which offers similar programs and serves older adults in their geographic area.  These Centers are:

Oakton-Vienna Shepherd’s Center, 703 281-5088/0538, director@scov.org

Annandale-Springfield Shepherd’s Center, 703 941 1419, shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com

McLean-Falls Church Shepherd’s Center, 703 506 2199, shepherdscenter@vacoxmail.com

Book We Recommend – Live Smart After 50!

The Life Planning Network’s new book LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts’ Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times has just been released. Packed with fresh insights and expert advice from over 30 nationwide experts, the book will become the new go-to resource for you to use for your own life planning.  Each chapter focuses on a different issue which people face in their transition years, retirement or encore career years.  Topics such as: Bring Meaning to Money – Financing Your Dreams; The Right Place – Creating a Home for Your Changing Needs; and Good Work – Discover What Work Works for You; are only a few of the interesting and important chapters in this book, which also includes multiple exercises and worksheets for your personal use.  You can go to www.LiveSmartAfter50.com to read more and access the order links from there.

Psychological Fitness for Seniors

We’ve discovered an interesting new class offered by one of our partners – George Mason University.  One of their doctoral students in Clinical Psychology is coordinating a class which teaches evidence-based principles to enhance well-being.  The class, which is designed for adults ages 50 and older, will be offered for 8 weeks beginning in late February at the GMU Center for Psychological Services within The Organizational and Industrial Psychology Department and there is a small charge.   Look into this course if you are interested in enhancing your thinking, your identity, your moral health, behaviors, emotions, relationships and sexual health.  Classes are led by Diane Wagner, M.A., a doctoral student in clinical psychology.  For more information: contact the Center for Psychological Services at George Mason University at (703) 993-1370 or see their website for additional information and registration instructions at the following link:  http://psycclinic.gmu.edu/group.htm

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

 The first graduates of the new Leadership Fairfax program called Lifetime Leadership Program had many wonderful comments about the leadership training course they’d just completed in November of 2012!

The Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP) is for those who have a lifetime of accumulated skills and leadership, and would love to use their wealth of knowledge to make a difference in their lives and in the community.   It’s a leadership course designed for retirees who wanted to move their lives from “success to significance.”  This fun and interactive course is designed to help people recognize their potential in the second half of their lives, and provides transition training for high-level volunteering and community engagement. Attendees are empowered to look at who they are in relation to their community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections. LLP is based on the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of experience, leadership, and vitality to your communities while enriching your own lives.  The course was developed as a partnership between Leadership Fairfax and Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the Positive Aging Coalition, George Mason University, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and Area Agency on Aging. The 2-1/2 month program offers bi-weekly program days, providing an overview of ways to transition into your next life chapter and insight into the Fairfax County Community and its needs.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills, leadership and now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. LLP is an ideal way for you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful volunteer roles. Learn how to translate your expertise from career to premiere! 

This course begins on Wed, March 20th.  There will be an information session on Thursday Feb 7th at the LFI office in Tysons.  If you are interested in finding out more or if you want to register, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org     or visit the following website to find more information and a link to register. http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

 

Charting the Course to Your Retirement

A Retirement Class (non-credit) Offered Through George Mason University

 Are You:  Within several years of retirement?  Considering NOT retiring?  Ready for your Next Chapter?  Over 50 and considering your options?

One of the first questions people ask the board members of the Positive Aging Coalition (PAC) is where can someone take a retirement course in Northern Virginia?  People want a course which focuses of the positive aspects of retirement, so they can transition into the Best Years of Their Life.  A new (non-credited) class called “Charting the Course to Your Retirement” is being offered through George Mason University.  Taught by educators from GMU and other professionals who are certified 2Young2Retire facilitators, you’ll find this class to be both interactive and thought provoking while providing a great opportunity for you to chart your own course for a successful next chapter.

In “Charting the Course to Your Retirement”, the emphasis is shifted from the financial aspects of retirement to a focus on the social implications of this pivotal transition period.  Financial concerns in planning for retirement are not covered but instead, participants discuss topics such as the influence of changing roles within their relationships, the possibilities of career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.   You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.    The course is being offered in several formats with each class totaling 8 hours.  Courses will be held in several locations throughout the County and class materials will be provided.  As part of a pilot project for potential research, GMU is offering this 8 hour class at a reduced rate of $40.00 per person.

*** Please Note   This is not a financial management course. This course focuses on the non-financial aspects of Next Chapter planning and transitioning.

Winter/Spring plans for times and locations are included here and may also be found at http://psychology.gmu.edu/events

Sat, Apr 6, 2013           8:30am – 5:00pm                    James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, VA

Sat Apr 20, 2013          8:30am – 5:00pm                    Reston Community Center,  Reston, VA

Sat Apr 27, 2013          8:30am – 5:00pm                    Kingstowne Center for Active Adults, Alexandria, VA

Mon Apr 15 & Wed Apr 24, 2013, 5pm – 9pm            Herndon Senior Center, Herndon  VA  (This is a special “For Couples Only” Course)

May Date – To be Determined – will be held at Burke Center Library

A Few Great Opportunities!   Which One Is Best For Me?

People have been wondering what is the difference between two of the programs being promoted through the Positive Aging  Coalition –  the Lifetime Leadership Program presented by Leadership Fairfax and the Retirement Class being offered through GMU.

Lifetime Leadership Program – targets those who are already retired.  People who have a wealth of knowledge  from their careers will learn how to convert this experience into meaningful volunteer roles in their communities through high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections.

Charting the Course to Your Retirement – targets those who are within a few years of retirement or recently retired.  People who would like help in easing their transition to retirement will discuss topics such as; changing roles within their relationships, career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.  Through discussion, a workbook and exercises that promote reflection, you will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.

If you are trying to decide which program is for you, we suggest using the links to websites provided for each program to seek additional information.

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s  Wish List for 2012:

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking,  Wordpress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

You may forward information or direct your questions to  Dorothykeenan1@gmail.com.   Please put Newsletter in the subject line.

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Welcome to the Summer 2012 Newsletter!

Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – Summer  2012

The Positive Aging Coalition supports people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.

In this newsletter you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are currently doing to assist community organizations in providing to our community.

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP)

We’re very excited to announce our collaborative efforts with Leadership Fairfax (LFI) to offer a new leadership course designed for retirees who want to move their lives from “success to significance.”  To help people recognize their potential in the second half of their lives, this course will provide transition training for high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections. LLP is based on the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of experience, leadership, and vitality to your communities while enriching your own lives.

LLP is a partnership between Leadership Fairfax and Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the Positive Aging Coalition, George Mason University, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and Area Agency on Aging. This 2-1/2 month program offers five bi-weekly program days, providing an overview of ways to transition into your next life chapter and insight into the Fairfax County community and its needs.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills, leadership and, now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. LLP is an ideal way for you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful volunteer roles. Let us show you how to translate your expertise from career to premiere.

Topics for the five class days include:

• Self-discovery
• Social entrepreneurship and the experience dividend
• Fairfax County Government boards, agencies and commissions
• Engagement in a community-wide service project
• Community volunteer needs and non-profit fair/roundtable

• Commencement luncheon

The application deadline is extended.  If you are interested in finding out more or if you want to register, please contact Moniek at Moniek@leadershipfairfax.org

Please visit the following website to find more information and a link to register (deadline is extended)

http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

Charting the Course to Your Retirement

A Retirement Class (non-credit) Offered Through George Mason University

We have some good news for those of you 50+ who are looking to transition into the Best Years of Your Life!  A new (non-credited) class called “Charting the Course to Your Retirement” will be offered through George Mason University starting this fall.  Taught by educators from GMU and other professionals who are certified 2Young2Retire facilitators, you’ll find this class to be both interactive and thought provoking while providing a great opportunity for you to chart your own course for a successful next chapter.

Throughout the country, most businesses offer their employees little help in easing their transition to retirement.  In “Charting the Course to Your Retirement”, the emphasis is shifted from the financial aspects of retirement to a focus on the social implications of this pivotal transition period.  A person’s career gives them social contact, recognition, a daily routine, a chance to use their skills and opportunities to be productive.  Most boomers want a retirement that fulfills many of these same needs.  Transitioning into “what’s next” can be daunting and uncertain for many individuals.   Participants will discuss topics such as changing roles within their relationships, career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.  You will have an opportunity to reflect on your own goals and will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.    The course is being offered in several formats with each class totaling 8 hours.  Courses will be held in several locations throughout the County. Class materials will be provided.  As part of a pilot project for potential research, GMU is offering this 8 hour class at a reduced rate of $40.00 per person.

Fall plans for times and locations have not been finalized so additional information will be sent by the Positive Aging Coalition.

 

Two Great Opportunities!   Which One Is Best For Me?

People have been wondering what is the difference between the two programs being promoted through the Positive Aging  Coalition –  the Lifetime Leadership Program presented by Leadership Fairfax and the Retirement Class being offered through GMU.

Lifetime Leadership Program – targets those who are already retired.  People who have a wealth of knowledge  from their careers will learn how to convert this experience into meaningful volunteer roles in their communities through high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections.

Charting the Course to Your Retirement – targets those who are within a few years of retirement or recently retired.  People who would like help in easing their transition to retirement will discuss topics such as; changing roles within their relationships, career and part time work, the value of community involvement, changing family commitments and enjoying a lifetime of leisure.  Through discussion, a workbook and exercises that promote reflection, you will be provided with tools to create an individual, customized retirement plan.

If you are trying to decide which program is for you, we suggest using the contact information provided for each program to ask additional questions.

Age-In-Place Villages are Expanding in Fairfax County

The following is an article written by Patricia Rohrer, Fairfax County’s Long Term Care Program Developer, which highlights the efforts taking place right here in Fairfax County to provide services to you and your neighbors as we all Age in Place.

Older adults across the nation are deciding to age-in-place where they live.  They are helping themselves do this by organizing grass roots, neighbor-helping-neighbor service programs, commonly called Villages.  The goal of the Village Movement is to access an array of services in one’s own home and neighborhood rather than move to retirement communities or institutional settings.   Village organizers, who are generally age 50 and older, are “taking charge” by vetting and negotiating arrangements with service providers and creating volunteer programs for elders in their communities.   Services range from rides to medical appointments, discounts to local theatres, reliable home repair services, home health care, etc.  An easy access phone number, website and/or neighborhood office space is generally created for village members to access services in a one-stop-shop method.    Some charge membership fees, others do not and some establish volunteer time exchanges called “time banks.”

Fairfax County older adults are busy surveying their neighbors and hosting meetings to determine the services and supports they need and are in various stages of village development and operation.  Each is unique and different depending on their needs and preferences.   The flagship village, founded in Mount Vernon in 2007, was quickly followed by others in Mosby Woods, Reston, McLean, Franklin Park and Lake Barcroft.

To be connected to existing Fairfax County villages or to receive information and technical assistance for village planning, contact Patricia Rohrer, Long Term Care Program Developer, Fairfax County Health Department, 703-324-2051 or email patricia.rohrer@fairfaxcounty.gov

Fairfax County age-in-place village websites:

Franklin Park Village (uses a neighborhood list serve)

Lake Barcroft Village www.lakebarcroftvillage.org

McLean Aging in Community (website under construction)

Mosby Woods Village mosbywoodsvillage@gmail.com

Mount Vernon at Home  www.mountvernonathome.org

Reston for a Lifetime www.restonforalifeime.org

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Aging Coalition’s  Wish List for 2012:

 

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

Web Consultant – Are you familiar with updating websites, social networking,  Wordpress?  Please contact us if you are willing to help!

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Welcome to our first Newsletter!!!

Positive Aging Coalition Newsletter – January 2012

Are you wondering what the Positive Aging Coalition has been up to these last six months?   Since our successful mini conference on “The Bonus Years”, we’ve been busy developing relationships and partnerships with local organizations who share our mission – which is – To support people in the second half of their lives who are transitioning into their Next Chapter.   We   facilitate connections that lead to community service, life long learning, meaningful work, self discovery and well being.   In this newsletter you’ll see some examples of the type of collaborative work we are doing and plan to continue to provide to our community.

Leadership Fairfax – Lifetime Leadership Program

We’ve been working with Leadership Fairfax for several years and are thrilled to announce a new leadership course designed for retirees who want to move their lives from “success to significance.”  To help people recognize their potential in the second half of their lives this course will provide transition training for high-level volunteering and community engagement. You will be empowered to look at who you are in relation to your community-at-large, and encouraged to explore opportunities for civic awareness, community action and volunteer connections. LLP is based on the belief that retirees can offer a wealth of experience, leadership, and vitality to your communities while enriching your own lives.

LLP is a partnership between Leadership Fairfax and Volunteer Fairfax, in collaboration with the Positive Aging Coalition, George Mason University, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services and Area Agency on Aging. This 2-1/2 month program offers five bi-weekly program days, providing an overview of ways to transition into your next life chapter and insight into the Fairfax County community and its needs.

You have a lifetime of accumulated skills, leadership and, now, you have time to direct those skills into actions that can make a real difference in your community. LLP is an ideal way for you to set the stage to convert your wealth of knowledge into meaningful volunteer roles. Let us show you how to translate your expertise from career to premiere.

Topics for the five class days include:

• Self-discovery
• Social entrepreneurship and the experience dividend
• Fairfax County Government boards, agencies and commissions
• Engagement in a community-wide service project
• Community volunteer needs and non-profit fair/roundtable• Commencement luncheon

Visit any one of the following websites to find more information and a link to register

http://www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/llp.php  http://www.leadershipfairfax.org/llp

Reston Community Center – Provides a Workshop Series

We’ve been working with Reston Community Center to provide a series of workshops which will help you make decisions about how to spend your “Bonus Years”!

Live You’re Best Life After 50

This workshop series is designed to support individuals who are thinking about retirement, those transitioning into retirement, and those who have already retired.  People in the process of transitioning from their work careers are sometimes called Third Agers because they have one-third of their life left to live after they retire. The Positive Aging Coalition of Fairfax County was organized to help ensure the wellbeing of these individuals and improve the quality of life of Northern Virginia residents. Each weekly meeting will focus on a different, stimulating topic such as Finding Your Passion & Purpose, Choosing an Encore Career, Your Transition Life Plan, Maintaining Social Connections, and Your Boarding Pass for a First Class Retirement , just to name a few. The specific course syllabus will be provided prior to the first class. Professionals from around the region who are affiliated with the Positive Aging Coalition will lead the weekly sessions.   Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com  to register.

Five  2-hour sessions

Saturdays

March 17 – April 21, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

RCC Hunters Woods

Chesapeake Life Planning Network – An Organization for Professionals in the Life Planning Field

As professionals working with people at midlife and beyond, you may be interested in an exciting professional organization taking shape in our Washington DC area: the Chesapeake Life Planning Network (CLPN).

The National Life Planning Network (LPN), www.lifeplanningnetwork.org, is a community of professionals and organizations from diverse disciplines and fields dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life.  During this phase of life, people deal with various topics including: financial and legal planning, career changes, volunteering, health and wellness, housing, leisure activities, transition planning, family/relationships, care giving, spirituality, and lifelong learning.  Since no one person can provide expert help in all of these areas, our mission is to develop and share resources and knowledge that support professionals in their work to enhance people’s later lives and thus benefit society.

LPN began in Boston in 2002 and new groups are emerging in California and Minnesota as well as here.  Our Chesapeake group started in 2008 and we invite you to attend a meeting; talk with our members; and read about our mission and efforts on the website to see if you’d like to become an official paid member.

Holistic life planning is a pioneering approach for a rapidly changing life phase formerly known as retirement.  Due to the longevity revolution, people have 20-30 bonus years to become fully engaged in a life they design aligned with their passion and purpose.  Mindful choices they make early on can make later years more comfortable and authentic.

Our CLPN group of professionals from VA, MD, and DC meet in person 4 times per year as well as teleconference committee and project work.  Our focus includes:

  • Sharing and learning from like-minded professionals
  • Identifying best practices and innovative models
  • Fostering collaboration
  • Professional development support and referrals

The CLPN’s next meeting will be Thursday, January 26th, 10:15- 1:00 in Falls Church.  If you are interested, please contact Candy Spitz LCSW, ACC for more details @ 703 534-1128 candy@boomerslifecoach.com

 

PAC’s  WishList for 2012:

Space – Do you have access to space for meetings, workshops?

Writers  - Would you be willing  to write an article for our newsletter?

Research – If you find an article of interest or know of research being done on the value of positive aging and/or transition programs, please let us know.

Funding – Are you aware of any grants, awards, or other possible funding opportunities which are related to our mission, values and objectives?

 

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